December 14, 2008 |
On New Year's Eve, the Las Vegas Strip will once again be transformed into a giant block party. About 300,000 people are expected. Revelers, however, will need to be strategically positioned to see the aerial display. Instead of being shot from the rooftops of various resorts the fireworks will be launched from atop parking garages. "These fireworks are going to be 300 feet closer to people on the Strip," says Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events.
December 5, 2008 |
The latest chapter of O.J. Simpson's legal travails comes to a close today when he is sentenced for leading a ragtag band of hangers-on in the robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a cramped Las Vegas hotel room. Simpson, 61, faces life in prison after his conviction Oct. 3 for kidnapping and armed robbery, among other charges. The Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Hall of Fame running back is being held at the Clark County Detention Center as inmate No. 02648927.
November 23, 2008 |
At a recent party to launch the book "Norm Clarke's Vegas Confidential: Sinsational Celebrity Tales," the Palms' Playboy Club was packed with many of the Vegas personages who populate Clarke's daily newspaper column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal: casino owner George Maloof, Strip headliner Rita Rudner, celebrity chef Kerry Simon and fellow Vegas chronicler Robin Leach. "His column doesn't just trade in stupid gossip," said Leach, himself a groundbreaker in the field of celebrity coverage.
November 9, 2008 |
Nathan Kaye doesn't need to check the weather forecast before getting dressed for work. Regardless of whether it's going to be 60 or 110 degrees, he pulls on ski boots, a winter parka and gloves. Even then, within minutes of starting his shift, his ears and his nose are bright red. "They're numb," Kaye says with a laugh as he pours ice-cold vodka into a glass made of ice and sets it atop the bar, which is also made of ice. A customer takes her drink to a nearby couch, also carved out of ice.
October 21, 2008 |
Matthew Nichols was shocked to discover the apartment across from his had a methamphetamine lab. The revelation led him and his wife to flee their neighborhood east of downtown seven years ago and buy a house where they could raise their three children safely. Last week, drugs again intruded into Nichols' life, this time on a quiet suburban street hard up against the mountains that separate the city's sprawl from Lake Mead.
October 20, 2008 |
Six-year-old Cole Puffinburger was the subject of a desperate four-day search after police said he was kidnapped at gunpoint by Mexican drug dealers. But it was a bus driver who ultimately found him, healthy, unharmed and walking on an empty sidewalk here, authorities said Sunday. The driver spotted Cole walking near the Strip about 10:30 p.m. Saturday and pulled over to offer the boy a ride. When he realized who he was, the driver called police.
October 12, 2008 |
In sin city, Halloween is circled in red. The Circus of Horrors, Hillbilly Hell and Vampire's Blood Feast are among the many haunted houses that promise to terrify Vegas visitors. There's even a haunted casino for folks who don't find the real gambling halls scary. "The feel of fear, that's what you want to give them," says Jason Egan, the founder of Fright Dome, the largest Halloween attraction in town, at Circus Circus. "To give them that feeling, you need to make sure you've got the fog, the atmosphere, the sounds, the smells of fear.
September 28, 2008 |
When he's not on trial, O.J. Simpson wakes up at 5 a.m. and is driving to a golf course in Miami by 6:30. He takes an afternoon nap and goes to bed early. In between, the football great is beset by requests. Strangers want to take his picture. Fans want to buy him a drink. And, according to audio recordings played in his Las Vegas robbery-kidnap trial, men who call themselves his friends try to cash in on his infamy.
August 14, 2008 |
The slumping economy has Nevada tourism officials reshaping the schedule for an $890-million renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board members were told that the project will be split into three phases, which could push the completion date beyond 2011. "What we are taking is a very fiscally responsible and conservative approach to make sure we don't overextend ourselves," authority spokesman Vince Alberta said.
August 3, 2008 |
Vegas wants you back -- again. A "flyback" from MGM makes it easy enough to hop on the big bird and get away from L.A. for adult Disneyland. Deal: Stay two nights at the MGM Grand and get a voucher for $300 (maximum) airfare credit for a return trip. The offer also includes $25 credit toward food or entertainment (restrictions apply), 15% off spa services and select retail outlets, and two free poolside cocktails.